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Whimsical 'Mary Poppins' at Hudson Players sure to delight children, adults

Published: February 21, 2017 10:33 AM
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The cast and crew of “Mary Poppins” at Hudson Players gives more than a spoonful of sugar in this sweet, nostalgic musical based on the series of novels by P.L. Travers and popularized by the Walt Disney film.

The theater’s winter musical opened Feb. 3.

Fans of the movie, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, will recognize many of the elements and songs, including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds” and more. However, there are several new adventures and songs in the stage musical, including “Practically Perfect,” “Playing the Game” and “Brimstone and Treacle.”

In all, children will love the whimsical adventures, the color and fantasy. Adults will enjoy the nostalgia and the deeper message as the famous nanny not only changes the lives of her two young charges but the lives of everyone in the Banks household.

Twinsburg resident and director Claudia Lillibridge and music director Ron Jones have assembled a talented cast and creative crew for this production. Bradley Hills, of Kent is charming as the affable chimney sweep and narrator Bert, and Tenley Stitzer, of Hudson and Matthew Radicelli of Twinsburg show incredible talent in their roles as the two Banks children, Jane and Michael respectively. Mark Moore is wonderful as the father Mr. Banks, a by-the-book man whose orderly world comes crashing down with the appearance of the unconventional Mary Poppins. And speaking of, Ellie Kelly is “practically perfect” as Mary Poppins, with her enigmatic and slightly mischievous smile and sweet voice.

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>Ticket and show information

“Mary Poppins” can be seen through Feb. 25, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Feb. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. The shows are performed at Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St. in Hudson.

The Feb. 12 performance will be interpreted with American Sign Language specialists.

Tickets are available by going to www.hudsonplayers.com, or calling 330-655-8522.

Up next

The final show of Hudson Players’ 2016-17 season will be “On the Twentieth Century,” which plays April 28 through May 20. Auditions for this comedy are Feb. 12 and 13.

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